Contest: Win a Westcott Ice Light

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Contest: Win a Westcott Ice Light

The very lucky winner of the Ice Light is:

Rhonda Bowman

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Thank you everyone.  We hope to have more exciting products from Westcott to share with you and give away in the future.

 

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What is an “Ice Light?”

When Westcott sent me an Ice Light to try, my husband saw it and immediately asked “why are you holding a Lightsaber?” And yes, I suppose it does resemble one.  But the truth is that this oddly shaped light is lightweight, transportable, and meant for photographers, not Star Wars fans.

You can adjust the brightness and it’s daylight balanced.  It attaches to light stands or you can simply hold it. Jerry Ghionis designed this light for Westcott, as a portable, rechargeable, continuous lighting source.  And it is just that.

My Initial Impressions

Fun, lightweight, and the quality of light is very nice.  I am 99.9% a natural light shooter – and I add light using our Photoshop actions or Lightroom presets as needed.  Many years ago, I used strobes when I had a product photography business, but since 2006 MCP Actions is my full time job. Photographing my kids, nature and wildlife, is more for pleasure than pay. In fact I no longer have strobes – just a few speed lights and reflectors.  So for me, I am interested in the Ice Light as a quickly accessible tool that does not take up much space in my office or home, and something I can pop in my camera bag should the need arise.

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I’ve only practiced with it a few times so far.  But I see it having a place in my photography, for the reasons noted above.  The major downside I see to buying one of these: price. It is expensive for a small, saber-like light.  And truthfully, when I used it, I wished I had a second one simultaneously.  If you are a professional and shooting models or high school seniors on location, these may be the ideal quick lighting source you need. If you have limited space and mostly shoot with natural light, but want a daylight balanced light source to add in, definitely consider these.  If you photograph young kids, it may be hard, as they will want to play with it.  They aren’t going to just let you use it – they’ll want your toy.

As I mentioned above, I definitely am not seasoned with the use of lights, but I’ve included a few of my daughter Jenna taken in near darkness in my home.  I wanted to see if it could help me in low-light indoor situations. And compared to not using any light at all, for my first try, I was pretty happy.  I just need more practice.

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Here are two professional images taken with an Ice Light:

photo by Jerry Ghionis

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photo by Rick Sammonwin-an-ice-light

Are you ready to win an Ice Light?

Entering is easy!

  • Check out the Ice Light, and then leave a comment on our blog post and let us know “In what type of photography do you think the Ice Light would be most useful and how could it help you get better images?”

Extra Credit

  • PIN, SHARE, TWEET or post to G+ about the give away.  Then add a second comment below for an additional entry!
  • Join MCP Actions as a NEW subscriber on any social networking site (Facebook, Facebook Group, Twitter, Pinterest, Google+) or sign up for our mailing list (top right corner), and add a comment for an additional entry.

Are you the winner?

  • The contest ends on June 23rd.  Check back to see if you are the lucky winner – it will be announced at the top of this post that night.
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1,543 Comments

  1. Judy Whitmore
    June 19, 2013 at 11:46 am —

    This is an awesome giveaway! I would love to try it out!
    I could see using it in homes when the light is not acceptable, using it on backlit situations to open up the face with some light. I’m going to do a small school and I would love one to supplement natural light for that as well.

  2. Chantel Stimpson
    June 19, 2013 at 11:46 am —

    added you to pinterest too!

  3. Chantel
    June 19, 2013 at 11:44 am —

    I shoot a variety of photography, and the ice light would greatly help because of it’s portability! To be able to shoot with such awesome light in a variety of conditions would really be awesome!

  4. Gina Knowles
    June 19, 2013 at 11:38 am —

    Love it! Cannot wait to shoot with it!

  5. eric buschmann
    June 19, 2013 at 11:31 am —

    These lights are sweet. I could see using them for pin-up or boudoir shouts done on or in cars to add interesting catch lights.

  6. Mallory Renee
    June 19, 2013 at 11:26 am —

    In my opinion, the Ice Light would work best for either weddings or newborn photography and here’s why. Both types of photography traditionally use natural light for a classic, marketable look. However, both types of photography also have limits that other types of photography don’t have.

    The limit on wedding photography is that you typically just have only the wedding day available to get all of your shooting done. What if it’s raining and you need to find a last-minute indoor location? What if the indoor location doesn’t have good window light? A lot can go wrong on the wedding day and you are usually limited to the wedding venue locations as well as restricted by the wedding day schedule. Having an Ice Light would dramatically increase your options. It’s like carrying a mini sun with you everywhere and you get to choose the direction of its light. Even if it’s raining cats and dogs, it doesn’t matter. You can go inside and make it look like it’s a perfectly sunny day.

    With newborn photography, you are limited to indoor locations. You are also limited because the baby cannot pose on its own, can’t move itself closer to the window, and might wake up while you’re trying to position him. With the Ice Light, you can bring the window light TO the baby and minimize movement.

    Other types of photography are easier, since you can reschedule sessions or ask your subjects to reposition themselves, etc. You have more control over the location and time of day.

    Anyway, that’s just my opinion as to what an Ice Light is best suited for. If I had one, I know my wedding photography would be changed as I could truly go to almost any location I wanted to (especially indoors) without being worried about where the sun is. I would be thrilled and honored to win one!

    • Mallory Renee
      June 19, 2013 at 11:27 am —

      I just shared this on my Facebook!

    • Mallory Renee
      June 19, 2013 at 11:29 am —

      I just Liked your Facebook page! Thanks for the opportunity!

  7. Andrea Mcclenning
    June 19, 2013 at 11:20 am —

    I would love to try this for boudoir. Im just learning about studio lighting.

  8. Theresa Moynes
    June 19, 2013 at 10:51 am —

    Oh how I would love one of these Ice Lights. I never even knew they existed until a few weeks ago when I saw one in use on a webinar I was watching. Ever since I saw it I WANT it. I could think of many uses for it but for my own purposes I think I would use it mainly in portraiture. You can direct the light exactly where you need it and it seems so easy to use. Please may I have one 🙂 Good luck to everyone and may the best man/woman win.

  9. Kasia Dunn
    June 19, 2013 at 10:50 am —

    I would love to use it on model photo shoots in dark places
    For example inside a barn, in the parking lot.
    The light usually is very harsh from my flash and I end
    Up adjusting it .

  10. jason french
    June 19, 2013 at 10:42 am —

    Now that looks sexy and very very handy to use on location and in Studio!!!

  11. Tracy Shaide
    June 19, 2013 at 10:41 am —

    Natural light photographer, this would be awesome especially in low light situations especially when shooting Boudoir sessions 🙂 shared on Facebook 🙂 as soon as I am done posting this I will pin it! Thanks for the awesome opportunity 🙂

  12. sheri wegner
    June 19, 2013 at 10:28 am —

    I would LOVE to offer that quality of light to my wedding customer, it would be a huge asset ot my wedding portraits.

  13. Rahil
    June 19, 2013 at 10:21 am —

    I liked it, I love to take car photos, this can be amazing for close ups to create different looking light effects.

  14. Jennifer
    June 19, 2013 at 10:11 am —

    Would love to give it a try! Love to work with new things.

  15. Maragie Livelli
    June 19, 2013 at 10:10 am —

    i would love this. I don’t have any place to store big lights and this is just the perfect size and function, yet easy to handle and good light source.

  16. Zarah
    June 19, 2013 at 10:01 am —

    This would be fantastic for artistic shoots!!! Shared on fb 🙂 this would be so useful

  17. Isiah Xiong
    June 19, 2013 at 9:49 am —

    Definitely a great tool for portraiture!

  18. Jessica
    June 19, 2013 at 9:41 am —

    I also shared on Facebook!

  19. Hazel Irvine
    June 19, 2013 at 9:27 am —

    Would love to use the icelight for wedding photography to get that extra bit of light indoors, some days there is not a lot of natural light around in Scotland 🙂

  20. James Haverstock
    June 19, 2013 at 8:51 am —

    The Ice Light is MADE for portrait photography! Taking it on location alll the time (it is easy to carry) would make my portraits sing.

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